Kings Week 5: Day 2
Pray and read
Pray that God would open our eyes to his splendour, majesty, holiness and faithfulness, and that we would live every day for his glory, not our own. Re-read 1 Kings 10:1,4-10,13.
This is the highest point of Israel’s history. Israel is blessed with peace, land, a great name, a temple, riches, and a relationship with God. Israel is blessed by the nations, and the nations are blessed by Israel. This is a fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham (Gen 12:1-3,7; 17:6-8).
From God’s promise to Abraham onwards: there were several generations, then 430 years of slavery in Egypt until God redeemed his people (Exodus 12:40-41), then 480 years until Solomon started building God’s temple (1 Kings 6:1), and at least another 20 years until the Queen of Sheba came (1 Kings 9:10). It was a long journey for Israel to see God’s promises fulfilled.
Why do you think it took 1000 years for God to fulfil his promises to Abraham?
How would you describe Israel’s faithfulness to God during those centuries? How about God’s faithfulness to Israel?
About 1000 years after 1 Kings 10, Paul wrote these words. How has the promise to Abraham been finally fulfilled?
2000 years on from Galatians, and you’re now reading this passage. How is this promise to Abraham fulfilled in you?
Read 2 Peter 3:1-15.
We are in the time of the Last Days. What promises from God are we waiting to be fulfilled? In what ways are these significant to you?
Why hasn’t God ended the world, and brought in the new heavens and earth yet? What’s he doing now?
Why can we be confident that Jesus will return?
What does Peter instruct us to do while we wait? How does this impact your daily life?
Thank God for his abundant blessing and faithfulness to us, and ask for help to long for Jesus’ return, to live holy and godly lives, and to trust him to be faithful to his promises.